My fiance wanted to buy me a wedding gift that would blow me away. Knowing I'm a huge fan of the band Nirvana, she did a web search and found a dealer selling a display of Nirvana memorabilia. There's a Fender guitar, several album flats, and a bass drum head all autographed by the band.
While I was immediately concerned with the lack of any provenance of certificate of authenticity (other than the one he prints himself), I didn't want to hurt my fiance's feelings so I kept my mouth shut.
Recently, we decided we wanted to sell the display, and sell it quickly. We paid $17,500 for the item and I listed it on EBAY for only $10,000. Before listing the item on ebay, I also contacted the owner to see if he would be interested in buying the display back at a bargain price so that he could re-sell it for even more profit. WHile I'm waiting for the owner's response, I get an email on ebay asking for documentation on the item. I told him that while I did have documentation, I expected a lot of tire kickers in an auction like this. I asked for a $100 refundable deposit to scan in all the relevant documents. He said he would get back to me. Instead, what he did was copy my pics from ebay and send them to PSA/DNA for verification. They deemed the entire piece fraudulent. Not only did ebay remove my listing, but I am forbidden to relist it. WHere else would one sell an item like this???
I confronted the owner of the gallery. He has every excuse you can imagine. He knew he was dealing with a 27 year old girl that knew nothing about buying anything like this and took total advantage of her. I wonder how he sleeps at night. I am currently in the process of hiring a forensic document examiner and attorney,